Sleeper is a 1973 American science fiction comedy film parodying a dystopic future of the United States in the year 2173, directed by Woody Allen and written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. The plot involves the misadventures of the owner of a health food store who is cryogenically frozen in 1973 and defrosted 200 years later in an ineptly led police state.
Miles Monroe is a jazz musician and owner of the “Happy Carrot” health-food store in New York City’s Greenwich Village. He went into the hospital in 1973 for a routine operation, which went wrong, leaving him relegated to 200 years of anonymous cryopreservation. Two scientists in 2173 (played by Bartlett Robinson and Mary Gregory) illegally revive him. They are members of an underground rebellion at odds with the police state the United States had become after the massive destruction caused when “a man named Albert Shanker got hold of a nuclear warhead.”
The future is ostensibly ruled by a dictator known only as “The Leader”, and about to implement a secret plan known as the “Aries Project”. The rebels hope to use Miles as a spy to infiltrate and derail it, as he is the only member of the dystopian society without a known biometric identity.
The movie’s rapid pace and often slapstick action is mirrored by a lively soundtrack composed heavily of Dixieland-style jazz, much of it performed by members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
When he goes off on his own, he begins to explore this brave new world, which has Orgasmatron booths to replace sex and confessional robots. “I want to back to sleep, they got it all wrong.”